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"I've never looked at my career in terms of, 'What haven't I done that I want to do?', I just generally find a story that I think is a good one and go to work."
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Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor who began his career as a child in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. He signed a ten-year contract with Disney early in his career that almost led to a lifelong series of typecasting.note  His best-known adult roles are those of Anti Heroes, especially in his films with director John Carpenter.

While not to the level of Typecasting, several of his roles also tie him to Elvis Presley in some way, portraying him in a 1979 biopic, cameoing as a young Elvis in Forrest Gump, and playing an Elvis Impersonator in 3000 Miles to Graceland who is actually Elvis' son.

He's the longtime partner of Goldie Hawn, by whom he fathered actor Wyatt Russell. He has a son, Boston Russell from a previous relationship, and is the stepfather of Oliver and Kate Hudson.

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  • Anti-Hero: Despite some of his roles being in family-fare comedy, his best known roles are his anti-heroes.
  • The Charmer: He's a very charismatic actor and his characters can charm just about anyone.
  • Cool Old Guy: As he hit his 60s, most of his characters became this by default.
  • Contractual Purity: For a long time during and after his stint with Disney he was only cast in family-friendly comedy roles.
  • Former Child Star: An well-known aversion: he started acting at the age of eleven, but was able to successfully transition to adult roles without any of the self-destructive or hardships other child stars face.
  • Generation Xerox: His son Wyatt Russell is also an actor and has a knack for playing similarly charming and likable characters. Just as Kurt was a pro baseball player, Wyatt was a college and pro hockey player before he started acting.
  • Happily Married: A subversion: he and partner Goldie Hawn never married, but given the longevity and stability of their union, it certainly still qualifies as this trope.
  • Large Ham: In many of his roles, especially his action films.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In the 80's, expecially as Snake Plissken, he was prone to show his well shaped and normal muscular body.
  • Playing with Character Type: His role as Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 seems perfectly in keeping with his usual gregarious, charismatic characters. Then the truth comes out...
  • Production Posse: He's worked a lot with John Carpenter and Quentin Tarantino.
  • Uncredited Role: He had an uncredited cameo as Elvis Presley in Forrest Gump. It's hard to notice, considering that Presley's face in the film is never shown except for one blurry background shot.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He was the runner-up for the part of Han Solo in A New Hope before the casting of Harrison Ford.
    • Before his adult acting career, Russell was actually a professional baseball player, making it as far as Double-A before a collision at second base ruined his rotator cuff and his career.
    • Walt Disney's last words were to simply scribble "Kurt Russell" on a piece of paper. Not even Russell knows what it meant, but the most likely theory is that it was some movie idea that Disney considered the young Russell would have been perfect for.
  • Written by Cast Member: He co-wrote Escape from L.A..

 
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